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X-Men comics (September 10 2014)

September 10, 2014

I made it to my local shop. And now my feet are dead. So I hope you appreciate this week’s reviews!

X-Force #9, by Simon Spurrier and Rock-He Kim. Nemesis begs for dialogue before violence. Nope. It’s X-Force vs. MI:13! Psylocke takes out Meggan (and herself) by using Marrow, and the rest of the fighting is interrupted when the bad guys the soldiers were hunting take the boss-lady. They all finally start talking, and the soldiers learn their powers came from Volga. Meme chats to the gay soldier, and tries to cheer him up. Everyone agrees to look for the Quaddees together. More fighting! Awesome fighting! Psylocke and Meme find the boss-lady and find she knows nothing about Volga. So then it’s time to extract. Another great issue. Some really sad stuff, and some really funny stuff, and some great action. There’s some great snark here and there.

Nightcrawler #6, by Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck. Storm asks Nightcrawler to check out a new mutant who works at an advanced weapons facility. Her name’s Ziggy, and she’s a genius. Nightcrawler and Rico teleport in while the Crimson Pirates are attacking. Nightcrawler jumps in to fight while Rico gets out survivors. Nightcrawler gets in a sword duel with Bess. She’s good, “I’m better.” Claremontism. Rico rescues Ziggy, who’s impressed with him. Overall, I found this issue pretty meh. Lots of fighting, and it was well-choreographed and enjoyable fighting. But . . . the Crimson Pirates? Bleh. And on the whole, I just had a hard time really caring. I’m sure this will lead to more of Voge later, which . . . ugh. Really, Nauck’s art is the only worthwhile part of this issue, because the plotting and writing were just bland and formulaic.

Magneto #9, by Cullen Bunn and Gabriel Walta. Magneto’s back on Genosha, and finds a whole lot of dead mutants and Inhumans, piled in the streets. Then he flashes back to his childhood in Auschwitz. He’s still ashamed of how he behaved, disposing of the corpses of his own people in order to survive. In the present, he finds a couple young women with inhibitor collars. He frees one, but the other begs him not to, because she’ll be punished if she’s found without a collar. He’s told about the Red Skull. And he learns the Skull took Xavier’s brain. So he tries to kill the Red Skull. You can guess how that goes. Another strong issue, though I still don’t like Walta’s art. Bunn’s writing is strong. But, maybe it’s just me, I’m growing bored of Magneto’s narration. It might’ve been nice to get at least one issue somewhere in here without him narrating. His narration’s dark and a little arrogant, and it gets to be a bit much, when it doesn’t get broken up by something else. Bunn should do an issue following someone Magneto’s hunting, and show how frightening he can still be to his opponents.

Death of Wolverine #2, by Charles Soule and Steve McNiven. Madripoor. Some thug-looking guy goes into the Princess Bar, which has gotten a fancy make-over. and meets Wolverine, who’s in a disguise. It’s a little better than his classic Patch disguise – he’s got a thick beard and sunglasses, his hair is in a realistic style, and he’s got a different demeanour. He’s offering to sell something to Viper. It’s an Iron Man helmet. Mark IX. He’s taken to meet Viper. He beats the crap out of Viper’s guards. He then asks why she put out the contract on him. She tells him someone hired her to do it. She’ll tell him if he can beat Sabretooth. Wolverine’s rescued by Lady Deathstrike, who’s part of the same contract as Wolverine. This is good. Wolverine shows that he actually does know how to disguise himself in Madripoor. The Patch “disguise” was always ridiculous. How did Claremont think anyone would ever actually be convinced by that? He has the most identifiable hairstyle ever. Anyway, I liked the disguise here. The fight against Sabretooth was short and nasty, and Lady Deathstrike’s appearance was pretty awesome. I also liked that Sabretooth didn’t actually seem particularly upset about being Viper’s pet. He wasn’t happy, but he apparently accepted it as the cost of getting careless. So that was cool. And, of course, McNiven did a great job. He he a double-page splash of some of their previous fights, and it looked really cool. McNiven also draws a damned fine Lady Deathstrike.

Deadpool #34, written by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn, art by Scott Koblish. This issue is a ’90s flashback. As a result, the art is fairly Liefeldian. Deadpool’s playing Mario Kart with Butler. Sabretooth is impressed with how thoroughly Butler controls Deadpool, and thinks about missions he could be sent on. Butler suggests sending Deadpool to kill his own parents. So Sabretooth drives Deadpool to Canada. They’re attacked by Alpha Flight – Sasquatch, Windshear, Aurora, Northstar, Vindicator, Weapon Omega, Goblyn, Puck. Lots of fighting. Deadpool and Sabretooth escape, then Deadpool returns to his parents’ house. And he burns it down. That whole sequence, starting when he shows up at the house, is fantastic. It’s wordless, and it lets the art tell the story, and it does a great job. The early part, the ’90s stuff, is stupid and awful. The art is hideous, even worse than Liefeld. The jokes are stupid and not the least bit funny. It is, like the other “inventory” issues, awful. But then it hits that one sequence, and it’s incredibly powerful. So it creates an unbalanced issue.

There’s the X-Men comics. Now the non-X.

Ms. Marvel #8, by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona. Ms. Marvel’s asking around about a couple missing kids, and sees Lockjaw. She hugs him. Kamala asks her parents if she can keep him. She keeps him in the backyard while she calls Bruno for help with the missing kids. They look up the location of her last known Facehead status update, and then Lockjaw teleports into her room. She says he Bamfed, because Kamala’s awesome. She has him teleport her to the location, for investigating. And fighting! Fighting a robot! Inside is one of the kids she beat up when rescuing Vick. And then she goes to school. Another awesome issue. We get snippets of all her supporting cast while also continuing the main plot, adding a new plot, and throwing in some action. This issue is packed, but it’s great. There’s still plenty of Kamala being adorkable, which is what really matters. Alphona’s art is probably an acquired taste, but it really does work for this series. Love this series. I command you to love it.

Edge of Spider-Verse #1, written by David Hine and Fabrice Sapolsky, art by Richard Isanove. This issue is about Spider-Man Noir. Mysterio is looking for Spider-Man. Peter takes his Aunt May and MJ to see Mysterio’s magic show. After the show, Kingpin visits Mysterio, and brings him to talk to the Ox. Then they go see Felicia Hardy, but she refuses to give them any information about Spider-Man. Instead, Mysterio captures her, and puts an ad in the paper challenging Spider-Man to save her. Fight! With, of course, a different bad guy crashing the fight to kill Spider-Man Noir. This is a cool comic. I never read the original Noir comics – I’ll get around to it someday – but this is good. Isanove’s art is great. He’s a fantastic artist.

I should also mention that Captain Marvel #7 was really good, really fun. And New Warriors #9 was hilarious. Absolutely hilarious.

And, contrary to speculation, Avengers #34.1 did not reveal Hyperion as gay. So, at this point, I’m thinking the matter of which Avenger is LGBT won’t actually be addressed on-panel. I’m expecting another Secret Warriors, where it was only in an interview after the book ended that Hickman mentioned Stonewall was gay. If that is what ends up happening here – if we only find out through an interview which of the characters was LGBT – then, to be blunt, Jonathan Hickman can go fuck himself. LGBT representation in comics is not yet so widespread that it’s acceptable for a character’s sexuality to not get so much as a single line of dialogue.

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  1. G'kar permalink

    Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel were really good and Avengers 34.1 was good. I believe that there should be more LGBT resperntation in comics, if Hyperion be revealed to be gay I would have been fine with it, but he wasn’t and that doesn’t upset me there are other characters that maybe

    • My problem isn’t with Hyperion not being gay. He still could be. My problem is with the fact that I don’t know if Hickman is actually going to reveal, on-panel, which of the Avengers is LGBT. He said when he started his run that one of the characters would be LGBT, but he also said it would only be addressed if it “came up in the story.” After he finished Secret Warriors, he said in an interview that Stonewall was gay. It is absolutely not OK for him to pull that again. If one of the characters is LGBT, it should damned well actually be mentioned on-panel.

  2. Both Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel in the same week feels like a present.

    Oh man, Death of Wolverine is half over. It’s kind of hard to believe.

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